By Marcelo Villa
Despite numerous cases of bed bugs being reported around the
area, Cal Poly Pomona remains prepared should the issue come to
affect the campus.
“Thankfully, we have not experienced bed bugs in the residence
halls or suites,” said Megan Stang of housing services. “But we do
have vendors on standby should the issue present itself.”
Stanford University, San Diego State University and Cal Poly San
Luis Obispo have all reported one or more cases of bed bugs.
“The administration often sends out e-mails about the bed bug
situation,” said Olive Andrews, a third-year animal science student
at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. “The e-mails have links and info
explaining prevention and the situation going on here on
Housing services at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo have even created a
fact sheet for student residents, explaining how to prevent bed
bugs, what to do in the case they discover bed bugs and what bed
bugs look like.
Bed Bug Central is an online website dedicated to providing the
general public with bed bug awareness and prevention products.
According to Bed Bug Central, most bed bugs measure about
one-fourth of an inch in length and are reddish-brown in color. The
pests feed at night on the blood of people and other mammals,
causing itchy red welts on the skin of their victims.
No diseases are associated with the bites, but they do cause
inflammation, and in some cases, a severe rash.
“Basically, they are great hitch-hikers,” said Daniel White,
consultant and account manager for Bed Bug Central and New
Jersey-based pest control company, Cooper Pest Solutions. “Say I’m
in a college setting, and I go to my friend’s dorm that has bed
bugs. I sit on his bed, a bug somehow gets on me, I walk back to my
room and that’s how [they spread].
If a dorm room becomes infested with bed bugs, the area must be
thoroughly cleansed and sanitized by a professional pest control
White notes there are multiple protocols of treatments.
“We have a combination of different things we use,” said White.
“We use mattress encasements, we use climb-up insect interceptors,
we use steam and we also use pesticides.”
Climb-up insect interceptors resemble a dog bowl. When placed
under the posts of a bed, they can trap insects as they make their
climb up to a bed.
As far as prevention White said there is no real way to stop the
spread of bed bugs, but some factors may help lessen the
“You can be proactive about it,” said White. “Some things that
may help are early detection and potentially making it easier to
catch the problem.
White also explained that some products may help prevention.
“What I usually tell people who want to be proactive about it is
[to] purchase mattress encasements and climb-up insect
interceptors,” said White.
Illustration by Greg Toummassian / The Poly Post
CPP doesn’t let the bed bugs bite
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